Channeling Agatha Christie isn’t a bad way for a writer to spend his time, not if he does it well. Raman does it splendidly ... Fortunately, a master detective is here, one Harith Athreya. He’s a little bland compared to Miss Marple and Poirot, as though the author is trying too hard to make him realistic. The solution has roots in crimes far from the country house, but Athreya brings it artfully back home.
Reminiscent of Agatha Christie mysteries, this first in the Harith Athrey series is a sure hit for readers who love a taste of foreign intrigue and a solid whodunit. Fans of Ngaio Marsh’s A Man Lay Dead and Patricia Moyes’s Dead Men Don’t Ski will also enjoy.